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Urban Search Techniques for Wilderness Teams

This seminar will serve as both an excellent introduction to urban search and rescue techniques, as well as a weekend of fun, challenging scent pictures for experienced K9s. This event is open to tracking/trailing and HRD K9s of all experience levels. We will be training at the Fire and Emergency Services Training Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and will have access to multiple fully operational buildings, introductory rubble, vehicle line-ups, confined space scenarios, and many other challenges for your K9s to be able to experience. The trailing K9s will also spend time in the urban environment of Oklahoma State University’s campus. This seminar equally beneficial for the novice dog looking to work foundations as it is for the experienced dog looking to hone their skills on complex scent puzzles and new techniques for navigating a more urban environment. 

Topics Covered:

  • Techniques for searching buildings and vehicles.

  • Motivational components to maintain focus in distracting environments.

  • Skills for deploying in an urban environment.

  • Challenging scenarios for more experienced K9s.

Cindy McArthur
Brianna Acevedo
Heather Suedkamp
Jason Suedkamp
When:   Sept. 20-22, 2019
(Event Hours:  0800-1700 Friday, Saturday and 0800-1200 Sunday)
Where:  Fire and Emergency Services Training Center, Stillwater, OK

Cost:   $275 per handler with dog; $150 per handler without dog.

Lunch will be included on site Friday and Saturday.

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